BABYMETAL is SU-METAL (Vocal, Dance), YUIMETAL (Scream, Dance) MOAMETAL (Scream, Dance).
Formed in 2010, the 3-girl unit BABYMETAL is based on the theme of “Kawaii Metal” (mixing the genres of J-Pop and Heavy Metal). After releasing their music video for “DOKI DOKI☆MORNING” in 2011 to worldwide acclaim (and shock!). In March, 2012, they released a collaboration EP “Iine!” with Kiba of Akiba, followed by “Head Bangya!!” in July, 2012. BABYMETAL made their first overseas performance at Anime Festival Asia Singapore in November, 2012.
In January, 2013, BABYMETAL released their major-label debut single “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” (“No more bullying”) with Toy’s Factory, and achieved the #6 spot on Oricon’s singles chart. Later in 2013, they released their follow-up single “Megitsune” and began their “Death Match Tour 2013,” accompanied by a live metal band and performing at several music festivals, including Metrock 2013, Rock in Japan Festival 2013, Summer Sonic Festival 2013 and Anime Festival Indonesia 2013. In October, 2013, BABYMETAL was a featured performer at Japan’s largest metal festival LOUD PARK 13, and they released the 3-concert Blu-RayLive -Legend I, D, Z Apocalypse- in November 2013. BABYMETAL performed their first solo live show in Singapore in December, 2013.
BABYMETAL’s first full album, self-titled BABYMETAL, was released in February, 2014, achieving the #1 spot on the iTunes Heavy Metal chart in USA, UK, and Canada, and reaching #35 on the iTunes USA total sales chart. BABYMETAL continued to gain worldwide success, becoming the youngest Japanese artist to break into Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and reaching #4 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers Albums” chart.
In March, 2014, BABYMETAL performed 2 days of solo concerts at Japan’s Nippon Budokan for over 20,000 fans. Their live performance video for “Gimme Chocolate!!” has been viewed over 9 million times, garnering the group major media attention from USA Today, Time Magazine, NBC News, Huffington Post, Revolver, Kerrang!, The Guardian, and Metal Hammer.
In May, 2014, BABYMETAL announced their first world tour, including appearances in France, Germany, Canada (Heavy Montreal Festival with Metallica and Slayer), and Great Britain (Sonisphere Festival Main Stage, with Metallica and Iron Maiden). In August, 2014, BABYMETAL will perform at Japan’s famed Summer Sonic Festival 2014 with Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, and Suicidal Tendencies.